Honda’s striking new Brit-built Civic is spotted again undisguised in the UK. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 hatch
Honda‘s current Civic is due a replacement, and the new car is getting ever closer to Honda showrooms. The all-new 2017 Honda Civic, which is being built in Britain, gets a sporty design overhaul as we can see in the latest spy shots taken by an Auto Express reader that show undisguised cars on a trailer making the trip to Southampton docks.
A concept version of the new, global Honda Civic was first revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Now, though, our spies are regularly spotting the production car undergoing testing on the road. We’ve seen our first glimpse of the cabin and now a clear look at the bodywork without camouflage. The car’s due on sale in February 2017 with prices from around £15,000.
Honda has confirmed the production car will be the first in its range to feature the new 1.0 and 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engines, along with a heavily revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel. It’ll be built at the brand’s manufacturing facility in Swindon, where a £215m investment in new technology and processes has been made to get ready for the new model.
New Honda Civic design
As you can see from these images, the family hatch loses the current version’s high back, instead featuring a lower roofline with a steep rear screen. The bonnet is much longer than before as well, and it looks like the new model will get a sportier front bumper – a toned-down version of the one on the concept car.
At the back the central twin exhaust pipes from the concept remain, suggesting that this could be a quicker Type S model. You can just about make out the new taillights as well, which are also inspired by the concept’s boomerang-shaped rear lamps.
Inside, the design appears a lot more conventional than the exterior, but even in these spy images you can see quality has improved significantly. The dash design is driver focused, with a central touchscreen set to be used, while you can spot deeply set digital instruments.